The golden thread has got torn: Performance weights at the Eifel
To date, it ran like a golden thread through the season: since the season opener at Hockenheim, an Audi driver held the championship lead and an Audi driver was the one to contest the following race weekend with the heaviest car on the grid. The race weekend at Oschersleben, however, made an end to this dominance: Pascal Wehrlein will travel to the Eifel as new championship leader and will contest the race meeting at the Nürburgring (25th to 27th September) with his Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM being the heaviest vehicle of the field. Nonetheless, the weight differences on the grid for the penultimate race weekend of the season won’t be as striking as they were at Oschersleben and Moscow. There, the difference between the heaviest and the lightest car – Ekström’s Audi and the BMWs – added up to about 30kg.
“For the first time in my career, I can regard the fact that I failed to score any points as something slightly positive,” Mattias Ekström said after the two races at Oschersleben where he lost his championship lead to Wehrlein. “After all, this means that I may get rid of 10kg performance weight and consequently will have be able to again pressurise my rivals.” Meanwhile, Wehrlein is going to try to defend his lead in the Eifel with a total weight of 1130kg and is optimistic that he will be able to do so. “At Oschersleben the BMWs were slightly too competitive – inter alia due to their weight advantage. Now, however, the performance-weight situation is better balanced and I believe that I will be able to fight for the Nürburgring wins.”
While the Audi drivers may reduce their weight by 10kg, for the Nürburgring, the majority of the BMW drivers will have to take an additional 10kg aboard their cars, following their successes in the Magdeburger Börde. Nonetheless, the cars of the Bavarian manufacturer still will be among the lightest cars on the grid. With a weight of 1112.5 kg, the M4 DTM racers of Martin Tomczyk and Maxime Martin still will be the lightest cars, with the Audi RS5 DTM of Adrien Tambay contesting the weekend with the same weight. The weight of the heaviest BMWs – raced by Marco Wittmann, António Félix da Costa and Augusto Farfus – will be the same as the one of the lightest Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM – the one of Maximilian Götz: 1117.5kg. The heaviest Audi remains the one of Ekström who will have to cope with a total weight of 1127.5 kg, in the Eifel.